India
Location: Prayagraj (formerly the Allahabad District) / State of Tamil Nadu
Project 1: Empowering Women and Girls through Education, Well-Being and Income Enhancing Strategies
Project 2: Empowering Prison Inmates and Families
PARTNER: ACTS / KRUPA
The people of rural Uttar Pradesh are very poor. Girls and women face many inequalities, with limited or no schooling offered to girls. Domestic violence against women and girls is prevalent. Child marriage is illegal, but still happens a lot. ‘Dowries’ are banned by the government, but still continue between families. The people in this region often live in unsanitary conditions, suffer from malnutrition and have high maternal mortality rates.

Project One:

Empowering Women and Girls through Education, Well-Being and Income Enhancing Strategies

Goal of the Project

This project is funded by ChildLink supporters and SHE supporters. The goal is to educate educate, train and build the financial capacity of highly vulnerable girls and women in semi-rural villages around Allahabad (northern India). This is to increase their independence and economic resilience.

  • Improve the understanding of health and hygiene and teach illness prevention. There is particular emphasis on sexual health (especially HIV), family planning and mental health
  • Assist 76 women to develop viable businesses over the next four years through the Women’s Microfinance scheme. Small business budgeting workshops will be held and loans provided. Loan beneficiaries will be empowered.
  • Target girls and young women between 12 and 20 years old for the Vocational Training Program. They will be taught skills in sewing, dressmaking, stitch craft, knitting, crocheting and other forms of handicraft.

Specific goals:

  • Educate 120 10-18 year old girls, 5 days a week
  • Train 250-300 girls 4 days a week in Gohri villages in dressmaking and needlecraft
  • Train 80 girls 1 day a week in Neva villages in dressmaking and needlecraft
  • 600-700 girls and women participate in health education, family planning and basic first aid every year
  • 76 individual savings accounts established

 

Progress Update (From Quarter 3 of 2019/2020)

  • 250 girls were attending school regularly in the educational centres,
  • Due to floods in the project villages, fevers and diarrhoea occurred due to contaminated water sources, so the project supplied electrolyte to those in need,
  • More than 100 girls in vocational training centres attended classes,
  • 12 girls who have been receiving vocational training and have learnt to sew, are now getting business during the Hindu wedding season,
  • 51 loans have been given to set up micro businesses,
  • 879 women participated in health awareness training.

 

To help educate, train and build the financial capacity of highly vulnerable girls and women in semi-rural villages in northern India, donate today.

Project Two:

Empowering Prison Inmates and Families

 

Chennai is a city on the Bay of Bengal in the south-east of India, and is the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu. The city is home to a museum showcasing the city’s roots as a British military garrison and East India Company trading outpost, when it was still called Madras. The Tamils form the majority of the population and more than 40% of the families live below the poverty line. Petty crime, especially theft of personal property, is common, particularly on trains or buses, but for foreigners it is one of the safest cities in India.

Goal of the Project

This Krupa project is funded by a private donor for work in prisons where the aim is to ensure the holistic development of prisoners in Tamil Nadu, to bring about transformation and integration of prison families into society. Families of prisoners face poverty, stigma and isolation from their community, and ex-prisoners find it difficult to get work which increases the chances of re-offending.

The Empowering Prison Inmates and Families project aims to address this through:

  • Training 300 prisoners/ex-prisoners and their family members in printing, agriculture, 4-wheel driving and paper bag making,
  • Seeing 200 prisoners/ex-prisoners attain employment,
  • Provide counselling sessions for 200 families for improved family unity,
  • Ensure 400 children of prisoners can access education,
  • Improve the health of prisoners.

 

Progress Update (as of March 2020)

  • Ongoing training is conducted in weaving saris using the re-furbished power loom,
  • 20 inmates were trained in block printing material for saris and towels,
  • 17 inmates were trained in paper bag making, aromatic candle making and tailoring,
  • Training was conducted on kitchen gardens to learn to grow a variety of vegetables on prison grounds,
  • Cluster meetings of prisoners’ families were held, where they discussed problems they face when the breadwinner is serving his or her sentence. 1 of the clusters has 50 families,
  • Prisoners at risk of suicide were counselled and an awareness program about alcohol and drugs was conducted,
  • Some released prisoners received loans to start a business,
  • House visits were made to families of current inmates and to families with an ex-prisoner. Families were counselled and reunited where possible,
  • 186 children of prisoners were identified and parents were advised on the importance of education,
  • More than 80 sessions were held about leadership, personal development, goal setting, forgiveness and alcohol and drug abuse times. 40-80 inmates attended each session,
  • 91 women received free spectacles. 2 medical camps were organised for 59 women inmates and 84 prisoner family members.

To help educate, train and build the financial capacity of highly vulnerable girls and women in semi-rural villages in northern India, donate today.

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